Howard Pfeifer of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania talks about his experiences as a Quartermaster in the United States Merchant Marine Service during WWII, including trips to arctic Soviet Russia, Australia, Iran, and Iraq. He was the last to crew the SS Exford, an American cargo steamer that was scuttled on 26 August 1944 as a breakwater or blockship at Gooseberry position No.2 Omaha Beach, Normandy.
Recorded by TSVP as part of the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh transmedia oral history initiative. Recorded at the Father Ryan Arts Center, McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, January 27, 2012. Interviewer: Todd DePastino